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How To Boost Employee Happiness Without Spending Any Money

Bonuses and perks might make people happier in the short term, but they don’t solve the underlying problem. Here’s what does.<p>You know the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” You get it. But startup founders and CEOs still don’t seem to understand.<p>When CEOs find out that their employees are unhappy, …

Employment

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

baggini

13 Things You Think Your Startup Needs But It Really Doesn’t

You can leave these nonessentials off your startup shopping list.<p>There’s no such thing as one right way to do a startup. You just have to do it–to work as hard and smart as you can to take your company from concept to reality.<p>It’s not easy, but it is possible. In order to make that startup a …

12 Vacation Rentals With Dream-Worthy Kitchens

The Best Way to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Workday

How you deal with the initial 10 minutes of the workday largely can determine how effective and productive you will be the remainder of the day.<p>How you deal with the initial 10 minutes of the workday largely can determine how effective and productive you will be the remainder of the day.<p>Below is a …

Time Management

Target, Whole Foods Points Programs May Miss The Point

Target is testing a mobile, points-based loyalty program named REDperks that rewards shoppers when their purchases reach certain levels.<p>The REDperks beta will initially be available on iOS by invitation only in select markets. REDcard holders still gain a five percent discount in addition to any …

7 things to do with your money when you get your first real job

With the second one, though, you have a prime opportunity to start setting yourself up for success.<p>"I think it's a big transition," says financial planner Michael Solari. "Especially coming from college, not making any money, to coming home with a paycheck. People's heads spin about what they …

Icahn's investment fund posts first loss since 2008 on oil plunge | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn’s publicly traded investment fund posted its first annual loss since 2008 last year, undone by plummeting oil prices, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday.<p>Icahn Enterprises LP (IEP.O) lost $373 million, or $3.08 per …

IT

Here is Amazon's audacious plan to go way beyond drones

Amazon has filed for patents on a system that would use truck-based 3D printers to quickly deliver customers’ bespoke orders, the Wall Street <i>Journal</i> …

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Back in 2012,something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.<p>On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many …

Small businesses are basically saving the job market right now

There’s been a surge in post-recession small business hiring across the country, according to a new report from ADP Research Institute.<p>Companies with …

The oil patch rig count is down, but only technically speaking

Oil prices surged today as traders learned that the work of yet more rigs has been halted on the US shale oil patch. Baker Hughes, which keeps track of rigs operating in the field, reported that the count dropped below 1,000 for the first time since June 2011. At 986, the number of rigs is now down …

Oil

January Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level In 18 Months, Says NAR

The number of contracts signed to buy previously-owned homes in January marked the highest level in 18 months, the National Association of Realtors said Friday.<p>NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which tracks contract signings (as opposed to closed sales), rose 1.7% in January to 104.2, from an …

5 reasons US economy is stronger than Q4 GDP suggests

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

Hospitality